->'''Meatwad:''' Won't you ask that TV if he minds showing me some ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''? I like me some ''Futurama''.\\
'''Master Shake:''' Well now we're too damn cheap to receive it, so go the hell over to [[Creator/ComedyCentral Carl Central]] and watch it to your heart's content!\\
'''Meatwad:''' Carl gets ''Futurama''?\\
'''Master Shake:''' He didn't even want it until we started watching it!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', "[[http://www.adultswim.com/video/?episodeID=8a25c39218e52ef60118e79454b3000d Bible Fruit]]"

Television shows are usually not directly owned by a particular channel, although once they have a contract to air the show they often have some creative control of it. The only exception is first-run syndicated shows that are owned entirely by the production company and distributed to individual stations, regardless of their network affiliation. At other times a show might be owned and produced by a specific network but the rights to air it were bought out by another network. It's a complicated business where all that matters sometimes is [[MoneyDearBoy the bottom line]].

Just like sports teams, there are many reasons for a show to switch from one place to another.
* Contract Buy-Outs: The show is exceptionally popular and when a contract expires two or more channels bid for new seasons.
* VindicatedByHistory: The {{ratings}} weren't high enough on one channel so they [[{{Cancellation}} didn't renew]] it for a new season, so another channel [[UnCanceled grabbed the show up]] and it moved over.
** And just like the trope, it may be poorly performing on one channel while on another channel it skyrockets in popularity. Of course, a [[{{Ratings}} 3.5 rating]] on ABC is cancel-worthy; a 3.5 rating on USA is cause for celebration.
* Behind-the-Scenes Politics: One network made [[MoneyDearBoy a great offer]] and the current network isn't dedicated enough to hold on to the show.
* Vertical Integration: Certain shows are saved only because their production companies happen to be under common ownership with another network (as in the case of ''{{Scrubs}}'', an ABC Studios production, or ''{{Medium}}'', a production of CBS Television Studios)

Note that this only counts ''new'' episodes; else, the sheer number of places they've shown ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' reruns would make the page overflow. Channels calling episodes "premieres" when they know full well that they originally aired somewhere else are telling you BlatantLies -- slightly more honest ones might use the WeaselWords "network premiere".
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: From ABC to...]]
* ''The Danny Thomas Show'' (aka ''Make Room for Daddy'') jumped from ABC to CBS in 1957.
* ''TJHooker'' was cancelled after four seasons by ABC, CBS picked up season five and aired the new episodes in its 11:30PM Crimetime After Primetime slot.
* ''Series/SisterSister'' from Creator/{{ABC}} to TheWB.
* ''FamilyMatters'' from ABC to CBS.
* ''StepByStep'' made the ABC to CBS move at the exact same time as FamilyMatters. Neither lasted more than one season on the new channel.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' from ABC to FOX ({{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: "I used to have a big show on ABC -- for about a week!") to Comedy Central to "webisodes" on the Internet (also made fun of on the first "webisode").
* ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' started on ABC in 1959 as ''Rocky and His Friends'', then moved to NBC in 1961 where it was retitled ''The Bullwinkle Show.'' It ran in prime time for two years and Saturday morning for one more. It then moved ''back'' to ABC in 1964 for eight years in reruns until it was syndicated and given the title it is now best known by. It was also syndicated in 30-minute components as ''Rocky and His Friends'' and in 15-minute components as ''The Rocky Show.''
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' (American) from ABC to ABC Family. Although all of its content was taped before the move, there were unaired episodes still in the can, as well as enough raw footage that the producers could create "new" shows several years after taping ended.
** The new run of the show airs on The CW.
* ''ReBoot'' from Creator/{{ABC}} to Creator/CartoonNetwork, with 6 years or so between them. Apparently ''ReBoot'' was canceled solely because ABC was bought out by Disney, who wanted purely Disney owned programming, which Reboot did not fit. The third season was produced in syndication through Canadian channels and the US didn't get that season until Creator/CartoonNetwork picked it up two years later. Being VindicatedByReruns, that paved the way for a fourth season.
* ''The Hughleys'' moved from Creator/{{ABC}} to Creator/{{UPN}} in 2000.
* When ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' was cancelled by [=ABC=], [=NBC=] picked it up; it ran for one more season. They kept it at Thursday Nights at 9:00, and ran ads with Danny [=DeVito=] saying "[[TakeThat Same time, better station!]]"
* After ''[[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppets Tonight]]'' did bad in the ratings, the show moved to DisneyChannel.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' moved from Creator/{{ABC}} to TheWB.
* Creator/AaronSorkin briefly contemplated moving ''SportsNight'' to HBO.
* ''TeamoSupremo'' started on ABC and moved to ToonDisney after OneSaturdayMorning went defunct.
* ''{{Webster}}'' moved from ABC to first-run syndication.
* ''It's a Living'' to syndication.
* ''MondayNightFootball'' moved from ABC to ESPN after NBC bought the rights to the primetime game-of-the week package and moved it to Sunday.
* ''CougarTown'' moved to {{TBS}} [[http://thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/05/10/tbs-takes-over-cougar-town-802111/20120510tbs01/ in 2013.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' began on ABC, but from September 1999 to July 2000, new episodes would air on ABC and UPN (Season three on ABC, season four on UPN). September 2000 had new episodes only premiere on ABC (Reruns would air on UPN for Disney's One Too), and in 2001, new episodes premiered on UPN (ABC still reran the series until 2005).
* ''Wonder Woman'' started on ABC, until the network decided it was too expensive to keep producing a historical series set in the 1940s. It was immediately picked up by CBS, who also changed the setting to the (then) modern day.
* ''Series/TheNakedTruth'' from ABC to NBC.
* ''The Wonderful World of Disney'' is an interesting case. It moved from ABC to NBC, then to CBS, back to ABC, then back to NBC, and then ABC again, though permanently this time since it's owned by Disney.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet'', and ''WesternAnimation/LloydInSpace'' began on ABC, but all three shows moved to ToonDisney in 2002 once OneSaturdayMorning became ABC Kids.
* ''ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' sadly only aired two of its six episodes on ABC following its swift cancellation. In 2003, ComedyCentral picked up the series and aired all of the episodes.
* When [[SoapOpera soap operas]] ''Series/AllMyChildren'' and ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' were canned, they attempted to move to internet syndication. However, [[ExecutiveMeddling problems with the distributor]], Prospect Park, caused both productions to shut down.
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[[folder: From NBC to...]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' from Creator/{{NBC}} to Creator/{{CBS}}, where it ran for nine more seasons and [[SpinOff spun off]] the even more successful ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* ''{{Baywatch}}'' from NBC to syndication (like ''JAG'' above, a rare instance where the series took off ''after'' its ChannelHop).
* ''{{Concentration}}'' from NBC to syndication.
** Then later, back to NBC.
* ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' from NBC to ABC for its final season.
* ''ForYourLove'' from NBC to TheWB.
* ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' from NBC to CBS.
* ''TheHoganFamily'', from NBC to CBS in its final season.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' moved from NBC to ABC in 2008. Apparently some people were confused because ABC owned the show anyway, so it was a strange instance of being owned by one network and aired by another (see also ''Series/CarolineInTheCity'', which though shown on NBC was made by CBS Productions).
* ''Series/{{Medium}}'' from NBC to CBS in September 2009, cozied between ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' and ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}''; before it moved, it was the last CBS-produced show that wasn't on CBS or TheCW (which CBS owns half of).
* ''Series/{{Passions}}'' and ''Series/FridayNightLights'' both went from NBC to The 101 on DirecTV (a US satellite provider, for those non-US tropers here).
* ''Series/GetSmart'' moved from NBC to CBS for its fifth and final season.
* ''Series/{{Southland}}'' from NBC to TNT.
* ''Late Night With Creator/DavidLetterman'' went from NBC to CBS in 1994, but because NBC owned the rights to the "Late Night" name, the show was renamed ''Late Show With David Letterman''. ''Late Show'' is virtually identical to ''Late Night''.
* ''I'll Fly Away'' was briefly revived on Creator/{{PBS}} after cancellation by NBC.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'''s seventh season was its first after moving to [=USA=].
* ''SilverSpoons'' and ''PunkyBrewster'' both jumped from NBC to syndication (both shows, along with Creator/{{ABC}} to Creator/{{CBS}} jumper ''FamilyMatters'', were produced by David Duclon). In the case of ''Punky'', the move was a lot more complicated (see "Production Company Examples")
* ''Creator/ConanOBrien'' from NBC to TBS after some serious ExecutiveMeddling.
* ''The Father Dowling Mysteries'' from NBC to ABC.
* ''TheGhostAndMrsMuir'' from NBC to ABC.
* ''The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd'' from NBC to Creator/{{Lifetime}}.
* ''ThePriceIsRight'' (original version) and ''Missing Links'' to ABC.
* ''MatchGame'' landed on CBS four years after NBC canceled it, had a syndicated daily edition in 1979 (a nighttime edition ran concurrently and started in 1975), then it reappeared on NBC in 1983 as ''The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour,'' then on ABC in 1990 as simply ''Match Game'', and then another syndicated edition appeared in 1998.
* ''You Don't Say!'' was rebooted for ABC six years after NBC dropped it.
* ''Series/MamasFamily'' went to first-run syndication after one year on NBC.
* The daytime version of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' moved from NBC (where it began in 1975) to CBS in 1989, then back to NBC for a few more months in 1991 before it was canceled. (The current syndicated version began in 1983.)
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' from NBC to the Internet ([[Website/{{Yahoo}} Yahoo! Screen]]) after season 5.
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[[folder: From CBS to...]]
* ''Tom Corbett, Space Cadet'' (based on the RobertHeinlein novel ''Literature/SpaceCadet'') is the MostTriumphantExample of this trope, having started on CBS, moved to ABC, then to NBC, ''[[UpToEleven then to]] DuMont'', then ''back'' to NBC. The show ran from 1950-1955, meaning it enjoys the singular distinction of appearing on every national network available in the US at that time. A modern program would have to conduct dozens, if not hundreds of channel hops to match that today.
* ''Series/CharlesInCharge'' from CBS to syndication.
* ''Series/TheJokersWild'' and ''Series/TicTacDough'' from CBS to syndication.
* ''Search For Tomorrow'' from CBS to NBC.
* ''Edge of Night'' from CBS to ABC.
* ''Series/{{Password}}'' started on CBS, then was canceled and revived on ABC. It was canceled and revived again on NBC as ''Password Plus'', then later ''Super Password''. It came full circle back to CBS, revived as ''Million Dollar Password'' nearly 20 years after ''Super Password'' was canceled and over 40 years since ''Password'' first debuted on CBS.
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' was supposed to jump to ABC for the 2010-11 season but Jennifer Love Hewitt turned down an offer to return for another season so the show was canceled instead.
* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' moved from CBS to {{ION}} effective October 18, 2011.
* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' from CBS to USANetwork for its final season.
* ''The $10,000 {{Pyramid}}'' to ABC. It was later retitled ''The $20,000 Pyramid'' and returned to CBS as ''The $25,000 Pyramid.''
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' originated on CBS then moved to ABC in 1976. Afterwords, episodes have since premiered on The WB, The CW, Creator/CartoonNetwork, and even home video.
* ''Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures'' to Fox. The new DIC-produced episodes were received so poorly that Fox replayed the far better Hanna-Barbera episodes aired the season before on CBS.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' started out as part of CBS's "Crime Time After Prime Time" rotation. When deals were made for Letterman to move into that timeslot, the first season was rerun for almost a second season's worth of time to keep the slot occupied. The show then moved to syndication for its second season, and to a rare combination of airing in syndication *and* on USA for a third season.
** Many fans came to regret that third season seal, as USA reportedly demanded younger cast members be added and focused on, to the detriment of the established cast. (Jon Kapelos stated at the time that *he* left because from the original pilot to the end of the second season, he'd been playing his character for six years and wanted a change.)
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[[folder: From The WB to...]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' moved from TheWB to {{UPN}} after its fifth season. This temporarily put a halt to crossovers with spinoff ''Series/{{Angel}}'', which remained on TheWB.
* JohnnyTest left The WB at the end of the first season and went to Canada's Teletoon and Creator/CartoonNetwork at the same time.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' moved from The WB to The CW after the first season (as did all returning shows from both the WB and UPN, as the two networks merged to form the CW).
* ''{{Roswell}}'' moved from TheWB to {{UPN}} after its second season, at the same time as ''Buffy''.
* ''MissionHill, TheOblongs,'' and ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues,'' respectively. Only eight of each series' single 13-episode seasons [[note]](although ''Baby Blues'' has a second season which remains unaired to this day)[[/note]] aired on The WB. Thanks to managerial changes following the AOL Time Warner merger which caused the Turner networks to "play nice" with The WB, AdultSwim managed to air the remaining episodes of each series in 2002.
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[[folder: From FOX to...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is an interesting example. From {{Fox}} to Creator/AdultSwim was only reruns, but it was then picked up by ComedyCentral, which then aired new episodes.
* ''{{Sliders}}'' from {{Fox}} to the SciFiChannel.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' from FoxKids to TheWB when the latter first formed. Lampshaded in several of the earliest promotional spots for the block.
* ''PowerRangers'' from FoxKids to both ABC & Jetix (on both ABC Family & ToonDisney). Then another move, as of 2011, to both {{Nickelodeon}} & Nicktoons. In 2012, Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy reruns will appear on TheCW as a part of the network's upcoming Vortexx block.
* When [[FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] acquired the CW's Saturday morning airtime, ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003) and ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'' moved their premieres over there.
* ''GroundedForLife'' from Fox to TheWB.
* ''AmericasMostWanted'' went to Creator/{{Lifetime}} beginning Dec. 2, 2011, after Fox canceled the show for a second time. Fox continues to air quarterly specials.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' aired in reruns on G4, then was picked up for new episodes on {{Netflix}}.
* ''Bridezillas'' began as a special on Fox and spent some time on the New York-only MSG Metro Network before finding its current home at WE (where it became AdoredByTheNetwork).
* ''{{Series/COPS}}'', from Fox to SpikeTV, starting in the fall of 2013.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' goes to TBS starting in the fall of 2014.
* ''OnePiece'' from Fox Box (later 4KidsTV) to Creator/CartoonNetwork. Partway through their broadcast, 4Kids just stopped airing the series on their block (alegedly due to content restrictions). The remaining 4Kids dubbed episodes later aired on {{Toonami}}, leading to the eventual FUNimation dub. In 2013, the FUNimation-dubbed episodes returned to premiering Toonami, now a part of AdultSwim.
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[[folder: From PBS to...]]
* ''TheMagicSchoolBus'' from Creator/{{PBS}} to {{Fox}} to [[DiscoveryChannel Discovery Kids]], [=TLC=] & later Qubo.
* ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' from Creator/{{PBS}} to CBS as ''The New Ghostwriter Mysteries''.
** Repeats bounced around from {{UPN}} to Creator/{{ABC}} to [[NickJr Noggin]] to TheN.
* ''ShiningTimeStation'' from Creator/{{PBS}} to Fox Family (now Creator/ABCFamily) to NickJr on {{Nickelodeon}}.
* ''AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues'' from Creator/{{PBS}} to both Qubo & [=BYUtv=].
* ''Series/{{Cosmos}}'' from Creator/{{PBS}} to Creator/{{Fox}} and Creator/NationalGeographicChannel.
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[[folder: From a Cable Channel to...]]
* ''{{Doug}}'' from {{Nickelodeon}} to Disney's Creator/{{ABC}}.
* This happens with a lot of sister/parent networks, as they often show the same shows at the same time. ''KappaMikey'' was produced solely for Nicktoons Network, but because it was controlled by their larger parent network {{Nickelodeon}}, new episodes sometimes premiered there first. When episodes stopped airing on Nick but continued on Nicktoons, some took this to mean it was canceled. It never had a consistent airing schedule either, and time will tell if it gets syndicated somewhere else.
* ''WWERaw'' from USA to TNN which [[NetworkDecay renamed itself Spike TV]], and then back to USA.
** ''WWESmackDown'' itself network hopped, from {{UPN}} to TheCW, then to MyNetworkTV, and again to {{Syfy}}.
** ''Sunday Night HEAT'' went from USA to MTV, then it joined Raw on Spike tv for a few years before becoming an international and internet only show for the last years of its life.
* ''{{TNA}} Impact'' went from Fox Sports Net to a brief period of being WebOriginal to SpikeTV.
* The 90's version of ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' also moved from Showtime to the Sci-Fi channel for it's seventh and final season. (The producers of ''SG-1'' were already known for the 90s Outer Limits when the show started)
* ''ProjectRunway'' moved from Bravo to Creator/{{Lifetime}} after the fifth season.
* ''{{Sixteen}}'', in America, had a brief stint on Nickelodeon, before being booted over to Creator/CartoonNetwork.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''. As a result of Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, fans speculated that the show was going to do this from Creator/CartoonNetwork to DisneyXD beginning in the sixth season, but it will instead be released on {{Netflix}}.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', from Naruto on Creator/CartoonNetwork to ''Naruto Shippuden'' on Creator/DisneyXD and then, to much rejoicing, Creator/AdultSwim.
* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise moved from Creator/CartoonNetwork to SyFy starting with ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00.''
** This has happened twice in its native country of Japan. In 2002, the franchise moved their series from TVAsahi to Tokyo Broadcasting System starting with ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'' and ending with ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE''. Then, in 2013, the franchise moved their series from Tokyo Broadcasting System to TVTokyo starting with ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters''.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is a rather odd example. From the second season onward, new episodes moved from DisneyChannel to DisneyXD, however it still airs regularly on the former which still treats it as its own series and airs [[BlatantLies brand new]] episodes anywhere from a week to a month after its sister network.
** As of the fourth season, [[MindScrew new episodes premiere on Disney Channel first yet again]].
* ''Damages'' from FX to The 101 on DirecTV.
* ''{{Madeline}}'' from HBO to The Family Channel (now Creator/ABCFamily) to Creator/{{ABC}} to DisneyChannel.
* American broadcasts of ''Series/DoctorWho'' moved from SyFy to [[Creator/TheBBC BBC America]] (who had repeat rights previously) after New Series 4.
* American broadcasts of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' moved from SyFy to Starz with the Starz co-produced ''[[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Miracle Day]]''. Starz saw a big subscriber jump as a result of the move.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' moved from Showtime to the Sci-Fi Channel after its fifth season.
* ''Series/NashvilleStar'' hopped from USANetwork to Creator/{{NBC}} for its sixth and final season.
* In Mexico, GarfieldAndFriends channel hopped from Cartoon Network to Boomerang.
* The American rights to broadcast the English Premier League went from a joint venture between ESPN and Fox to NBCUniversal, beginning with the 2013 season. Most matches are shown on the NBC Sports network, with a few shown on NBC proper, and Spanish language on Telemundo.
* ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', ''TheLeague'', ''{{Legit}}'', and ''Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell'' will all make the hop from [=FX=] to its new comedy-oriented spinoff channel [=FXX=] in Fall 2013. While it's understandable that [=FX=] wants to spruce up hype about the new channel, it's rather rare to see so many shows from one channel leave for another, let alone seeing all of them end up at the same destination. [[http://www.tv.com/news/fx-renews-the-league-legit-and-its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-all-three-shows-will-move-to-its-new-sister-network-fxx-136448148389/ Read more about it here.]]
* In America, ''WesternAnimation/{{Braceface}}'' went from ABCFamily (Which was still known as Fox Family when the first few episodes premieres) to DisneyChannel.
* ''TotallySpies'' from ABCFamily to Creator/CartoonNetwork after the second season.
* ''DigimonFusion'' will now be premiering on Nicktoons after Nickelodeon tried the show, and gave up after two episodes.
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[[folder: From ITV to...]]
* ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet'' went from ITV (in the 1980s) to the BBC (the 2000s revival).
* Not a true Channel Hop, but ''Series/RandallAndHopkirkDeceased'', a 1960s ITV show, was remade in 2000 as ''Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)'' by the BBC.
* The Broadcast Rights of ''Batfink'', ''Dangermouse'', ,''Looney Tunes'', ''Pinky and the Brain'', ''Scooby-Doo'', ''Taz Mania'', ''Tom and Jerry Kids'', ''Tots TV'', ''Uncle Max'' and ''Yoko! Tokamoto! Toto'' since 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 have moved from ITV to the BBC.
** Similarly ''University Challenge'' is an ITV show that was revived on the BBC (both versions produced by the ITV company Granada).
* ''MenBehavingBadly'' first appeared on ITV, but was dropped by them after two series due to disappointing ratings and Harry Enfield having left after the first series. It wasn't until the BBC got it and transmitted it in a later slot that it became a massive hit.
* RonnieBarker's ''Hark at Barker'' on ITV had a more-or-less direct sequel, ''His Lordship Entertains'', on the BBC, featuring the same cast. Unfortunately ''[[MissingEpisode His Lordship Entertains]]'' [[MissingEpisode was wiped]] (though the scripts have appeared in a book by Barker).
* ''HillStreetBlues'' and ''Series/ScarecrowAndMrsKing'' were let go by ITV, but picked up by Channel 4 (the former can still be seen on Channel 4 today).
* ''UpstairsDownstairs'' was originally an ITV show that is now receiving a modern BBC sequel.
* ''Blockbusters'' moved from ITV to Sky, to BBC 2, back to Sky, and is now on Challenge.
* ''HomeAndAway'' was initially picked up by ITV in Britain. Around the turn of the century it hopped over to Five, but not before ITV enacted a clause that made us wait a year and a half to see new episodes.
* ''TheMagicAdvenruresOfMumfie'' went from CiTV to NickJr.
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[[folder: From The BBC to...]]
* In the UK, ''{{Neighbours}}'' moved from the [[Creator/TheBBC BBC1]] (who broke the series and where it had been a fixed staple of the daytime schedules for over 20 years), to Five in 2008.
* Up until its seventh and final season ''Series/RobotWars'' had aired on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC2]], for its 7th season it moved to Channel 5.
* BBC Two's ''Series/RedDwarf'' was put on hold during DevelopmentHell of TheMovie but eventually after a surprise ratings success of reruns on the channel Dave -- in 2009 the channel aired a three-part Easter Special ''Back to Earth''. A new six-part series, ''Red Dwarf X'', began airing on Dave on 4 October 2012.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' was dropped by the BBC in 1981 and was picked up by LWT (now ITV London).
* In Britain ''Series/{{Monk}}'' moved terrestrially from Creator/{{BBC}}2 to Creator/{{ITV}}1.
* Unlike ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/{{Angel}}'' did not get shown on [=BBC2=] but rather on Creator/ChannelFour. The first season was shown [[IdiotBall at 6 in the evening]] due to a particularly dumb case of WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids (David Fury's response to this scheduling -- "Shock and disbelief are mine!" -- was echoed by many fans). This led to the episodes being shown in heavily mutilated form, despite which they still got a formal reprimand from the then CensorshipBureau the Broadcasting Standards Council. After they'd buried the terrestrial premiere of the second season (and several season one episodes, three of them shown out of sequence when they realised they'd get more complaints if they showed them earlier) post-midnight, the third season got bought by Creator/ChannelFive and bombed, partly because no-one had seen the first two seasons and didn't have a clue what was going on, partly because it was on opposite the [[CoronationStreet two]] [[EastEnders highest-rated]] shows in the country. The last third of the third season and the fourth season were shown post-midnight; the final season has never been shown terrestrially.
* Even ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' fell victim; when it arrived on British (terrestrial) television in 1997 it was first shown on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC1]] -- and was beaten in the ratings by ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' on ITV (one of the few long-running American shows that ITV has screened every episode of). The show was eventually moved to [[Creator/TheBBC BBC2]], where it was a much better fit, until Creator/ChannelFour took it in 2004.
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' went from [=BBC2=] to [=ITV3=], and is now on ComedyCentral.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' was originally shown in the UK on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC2]], but they dropped it after one season; it was taken up by [[Creator/ChannelFour E4]], where it proved to be a more natural fit.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' didn't last long on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC1]], but eventually found a happy home on Creator/ChannelFive.
* FormulaOne had always been on the BBC until it was sold to ITV, until it went back onto the BBC and was in turn sold to Sky Sports. Technically they are currently split between the two, but there are always rumors that BBC will give it up.
** On the other side of the pond, after being on SPEED Channel for many years, F1's moved to the NBC Sports Network.
* The first three seasons of ''Series/{{Damages}}'' aired on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC1]]; season four jumped ship to Lifetime a couple of years (!) later.

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[[folder: From Syndication to...]]
* [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] Superstars (distributed in Canada as Maple Leaf Wrestling, also the name of a Toronto-based promotion purchased by the WWF in 1984) was on in syndication for about a decade before it hoped over to Sunday morning on the Creator/USANetwork to replace Action Zone. It would hope one again five years later when WWF moved all their programs to Viacom channels and it landed on TNN for about a year before it was canceled. The show later had a {{revival}} on yet another network WGNAmerica where it stayed for 2 years but its contract was not renewed, it is currently being aired only in overseas markets and is streamed online.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' did four seasons in syndication before TNT ponied up the ''caysh'' for a fifth season ''plus ALL those TV movies (including the ReCut PilotMovie''. It later made it to Sci Fi, which is the channel responsible for the first ''widescreen'' presentation (which eventually made it the format used on the DVD's.
* Oddly, ''BeakmansWorld'' from {{syndication}} to CBS.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}'' and the animated ''Sabrina'' both went from syndication to CBS (though this had to do with CBS's block renter DiC needing [[AnAesop educational]] programming for said block).
* ''TinyToonAdventures'' moved from syndication to FoxKids in Fall 1992, after which they added [[BitingTheHandHumor "The Fox network executives" as a new pair of villains.]]
-->'''Buster:''' It could be worse. We could be stuck on [[{{Creator/NBC}} the Peacock Network]].
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime franchise spent its first half-season in Fall 1998 in syndication, then was picked up by KidsWB in early 1999, where it remained until 4Kids' rights to the show ended in 2006. Then, the new episodes of the show were handed over to Cartoon Network by Pokemon USA, who had been previously running reruns of the show for years. The original series is now in reruns on Boomerang, while Cartoon Network continues to play new episodes of the current series.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' started out in syndication in 1995, but only the first 65 episodes were shown before the show went into re-runs and was ultimately pulled. It was then picked up for cable by Turner Broadcasting and spent a few months being re-shown on Creator/USANetwork before it was moved to Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' action block where it found new life, and premiered 94 new episodes, and 3 movies.
** Also, a few early (and inconsecutive) S episodes were shown on Creator/TheWB's Creator/{{Toonami}} block before they were pulled after 9/11 (although this was supposedly a coincidence).
* The original ''Manga/DragonBall'' series was in syndication for only 13 episodes in 1995 before it was canceled. It was eventually picked up by ''{{Toonami}}'' in 2001 ([[DuelingDubs with an all new English dub]]), due to the success of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', where it ended up finishing it's 153 episode run.
** ''DragonBallZ'' itself began in weekly syndication in 1996 before Creator/CartoonNetwork famously picked it up and added it to its {{Toonami}} block in 1998, where it finished and was in reruns for almost ten years. In addition, TheWB's Saturday morning {{Toonami}} block premiered the Garlic Jr. Saga episodes in the Summer of 2000 before they were rerun in Cartoon Network.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' from syndication to ABC; {{ReTool}}ed as ''Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles''. But [[FanonDiscontinuity the fans like to think ''The Goliath Chronicles'' never happened]]. So does the creator, who declared it non-canon.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (1987 version): went from syndication to CBS in 1990.
* ''MrEd'' was originally a first run syndicated show before being picked up by CBS.
* ''InspectorGadget'' had a brief run on CBS in 1992 after runs in syndication and Nickelodeon.
* ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]'' had an interesting example: it was syndicated ''and'' shown on ABC's OneSaturdayMorning at the same time!
* Possibly the first instance of this trope, ''QuickDrawMcGraw'' premiered in syndication in 1959 before becoming part of CBS's Saturday morning lineup in 1963.
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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' from KTMA in the UsefulNotes/TwinCities (now Creator/TheCW affiliate WUCW) to ComedyCentral to SciFi Channel.
* ''{{Neighbours}}'' from the Creator/SevenNetwork (for one season) to Creator/NetworkTen. In January 2011 it then switched from Ten to its secondary channel Eleven.
* Venezuelan TalentShow ''Cuanto Vale El Show'' began in Venezolana de Television as a segment of ''Fantastico'' a variety show, then it hopped to RCTV, a full program, and then it landed in Venevision. All the versions of the show were produced and host by its creator, Guillermo González; he eventually got tired and left showbusiness to fund his own network, just before Musical Realities like the ''X Got Talent'' series and the ''Idol'' series emerged in English-speaking countries.
* From a neighbor country, Brazil, sitcom ''Sai de Baixo'' ran for six years in Rede Globo. In 2013 it got a four-episode revival on its cable subsidiary Canal Viva, where one of the characters even [[MediumAwareness lampshaded]]: "We couldn't get a break for five seasons in broadcast prime time! What makes you think that in paid TV will be any different?"
* In Britain, the first two seasons of ''TotallySpies'' were shown on Channel 4, often in the early hours of the morning with little publicity. It moved to ITV from season 3 who aired at more respectable times of the morning with more publicity.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' was originally aired on [=NTV7=] in Malaysia with Malay subtitles. By the time of ''Master Quest'' (season 5) the show moved to tv9 and was now dubbed.
* In Malaysia, ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' moved from [=TV3=] to [=NTV7=].
** And while we're dealing with the Winx, they've had several homes in the UK: GMTV (ITV), Nickelodeon UK, and most recently Pop Girl. (Also, see below.)
** In Australia, they didn't just hop between channels (from Creator/NetworkTen and Cartoon Network to Boomerang), they also hopped dubs for season 4 (necessitated by 4Kids not having the rights to dub that season).
** Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s acquirement of the ''Winx'' property will necessitate a ChannelHop in several countries where Winx wasn't already on Nick. (And indeed it moved from Pop Girl ''back'' to Nick in the UK -- see above.)
* All of the shows on Creator/TheCW's first season hopped over from Creator/TheWB and Creator/{{UPN}}, except for ''Runaway'' and ''The Game''. Depending on the market, some shows may not have really hopped at all (if the former WB or UPN station landed a CW affiliation).
** ''The Game'' has since hopped to BET.
* ''ThreeSheets'' started on HD channel MOJO HD before it closed. Fine Living Network picked it up for its fourth season, where it obtained AdoredByTheNetwork status until ''that'' channel was rebranded into Cooking Channel. The show then hopped to co-owned Travel Channel briefly, then to SpikeTV before its run ended in 2011.
* ''ThankGodYoureHere'' in Australia moved from Channels Ten to Seven.
* {{Rove}} (also Australian) moved after its first year from the Creator/NineNetwork to Creator/NetworkTen.
* ''HolmesOnHomes'' was the only show with a pulse on the US Discovery Home network. When Discovery decided to make that network Planet Green and mothball the entire Discovery Home lineup, HGTV quickly snapped up Holmes for their own channel; an easy call as HGTV '''{{Canada}}''' is actually the one that produces the show. It got a timeslot upgrade to Sunday evenings and continues to do just fine for HGTV, and [[TakeThat outlived Planet Green]], which became the American-centric Destination America on Memorial Day 2012.
* ''HomeMovies'' from Creator/{{UPN}} to Creator/AdultSwim.
* ''Jail'' from My Network TV to Spike TV.
* ''KaBlam!'' moved from syndication in the Netherlands to their Nicktoons (the channel) branch, however subtitled now instead of dubbed.
* ''TheHitchhiker'' from HBO to USA.
* Like ''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''Series/{{Alias}}'' suffered from fragmented and censored airings (season 1 on Channel 4, season 2 on Channel 5) and moreso, with Sky One dropping the series after the first two seasons and Bravo screening the other three.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' made its British debut on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, but only the first three seasons were shown (and were prone to being censored); it later moved to the Hallmark Channel (where seasons four and five premiered) and ultimately to E4 (which has shown all seven seasons).
* Unlike many imported series dropped by Channel 5 -- and there are ''many'': ''Series/That70sShow'', ''Series/ThirtyRock'', ''Series/{{JAG}}'', ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and so on (basically any American series that isn't a law enforcement show or doesn't have ''CSI'' in the title) -- ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' found another terrestrial home for its final season, moving to Channel 4.
* Both ''Series/HannahMontana'' and ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' moved in the UK from Channel 5 to ITV.
* ''ThePractice'' was on ITV, the BBC and SkyOne.
* The first two seasons of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' were on Living, but the third and final season was on Trouble.
* Although Creator/DavidLetterman has a cult following in Britain, ''Late Show With David Letterman'' has run on four different channels -- Creator/{{Sky}} One, [[ComedyCentral Paramount Comedy Channel]], [[Creator/{{ITV}} ITV4]] and Diva TV - and never lasted longer than a year on any of them. (If you count [[Creator/TheBBC BBC2]] running the episodes for the week the show was in London -- his only appearance on British terrestrial television to date -- he's been on five.)
* The first season of ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' was on E4, but from season two it was shown on Living (a better fit, given that Living is known for running ghost-themed shows like ''Most Haunted'').
* ''You Don't Say!'' (NBC), ''Seven Keys'' (ABC), and ''Beat The Odds'' (syndication) all began as local shows in Los Angeles before going national.
** ''ThePriceIsRight'' started on local New York City TV in 1954 as ''The Sky's The Limit.''
** The show famously known as ''Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee'', and currently known as ''Live! with Kelly and Michael'' was originally a weekday morning news and lifestyle show on ABC flagship station WABC-TV in New York that Regis Philbin co-hosted and which debuted in 1983. Sister station WLS-TV is Chicago is where ''TheOprahWinfreyShow'' debuted as a similar local show before it became a similar nationally syndicated talk show, debuting in 1984.
* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' and ''The Bold And The Beautiful'' both jumped from Creator/ChannelFive to cable channels -- ''SunsetBeach'' notwithstanding, American daytime soaps (unlike [[Series/{{Dallas}} their]] [[{{Dynasty}} nighttime]] [[DesperateHousewives counterparts]]) have never had much success in Britain.
* In Britain ''PrettyLittleLiars'' moved from Viva to the sister channel {{MTV}} thanks to Viva beginning the series a few months after it launched on ABC Family (the series premiered in June 2010 in the US, and in October of the same year in Britain) and falling afoul of its long mid-season gap; by the time the series began again from the beginning on MTV in 2011, the first season was complete. British fans of ''Series/{{Community}}'', which began on Viva at the same time and was also dropped, weren't so fortunate -- the ''second'' season began running in April 2012 on Sony Entertainment Television (given that the series is a co-production of Sony and Universal it was that or the Universal Channel, and the Universal Channel doesn't show comedies). Now, of course, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork no one in the UK shows]] ''Pretty Little Liars''...
* The short-lived ''[[TheOnion Onion]] Sports Network'' started out as a feature on ESPN's SportsCenter before jumping to ComedyCentral.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' was evidently ''trying'' to hop to a cable network after [[ScrewedByTheNetwork abuse by the execs at Fox]], as evidenced (and {{Jossed}}) by this veiled joke in Season Three:
-->'''George Bluth, Sr.:''' Well, I don't think the Home Builders Organization is going to be supporting us.
-->'''Michael Bluth:''' No, the [[FunWithAcronyms HBO's]] not gonna want us. What do we do now?
-->'''George Sr.:''' Well, I think it's Creator/{{Showtime}} ... we have to have a show during dinner.
* This is adverted ''hard'' with Mexican public TV: All the programs created and broadcast (including foreign-made series and movies) in the two only Mexican networks (Televisa and TV Azteca) belongs to ''those'' networks and ''those'' networks only. Those programs cannot be switch over to the rival network (especially network-created shows like soap operas, TV shows, etc), but there's a few exceptions to the rule:
** ''TheRealGhostbusters'' was originally broadcasted by Imevision (the TV Azteca's predecessor), but since Imevision was privatizated by the government and become TV Azteca later, they lost the Mexican broadcasting rights of the show and Televisa bought the show later.
** ''TheSimpsons'' was originally intented to be broadcasted by Televisa, but after one single episode, the owners cancelled the broadcasting due to its subversive content and TV Azteca bought the series from them.
** All the WaltDisney catalog (movies, series, etc) went from Televisa (who was Disney's client for decades) to TV Azteca for unexplained reasons.
** In recent years, it no longer seems to be the case for animated series and children's shows, for example: ''BarneyAndFriends'' and ''BobTheBuilder'' premiered and aired on Televisa for years, but in 2008 TV Azteca signed a deal with HIT Entertainment that allowed both series to move to Azteca. The deal also gave Azteca the rights to ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', but after the deal with HIT expired in 2012, that series was acquired by Televisa. Likewise ''LazyTown'' premiered on Televisa but it was cancelled almost immediately, and later acquired and aired by Azteca.
*** Smaller and local Mexico City channel Cadenatres has acquired several classic sitcoms and anime series formerly aired on Televisa/Azteca since their rights were eventually lost, among them ''Bewitched'', ''IDreamOfJeannie'', ''TheNanny'', ''TheMunsters'', ''Heidi'' and ''CandyCandy''. In a strange subversion, the ''StuartLittle'' animated series premiered on Cadenatres and years later resurfaced on Televisa.
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} Wrestling moved from Bravo to Challenge because Bravo got shut down by their new owners.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' ended the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise's longtime home at FujiTelevision, moving over to TVAsahi. This may have been justified in how ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' was occupying its traditional timeslot on Fuji.
* A similar thing happened with ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'': The 1st season aired on TVTokyo, but later moved to TVAsahi for the next 3 seasons, but it's not known why.
* ''KathAndKim'' (the Australian one) from Creator/TheABC (the Australian one) to the Creator/SevenNetwork.
* The fifth series of ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' was set to be the last after the show was cancelled by Citytv, but Creator/{{CBC}} since picked up the rights and the show continues in production.
* British fans of ''Series/BreakingBad'' have seen the show dropped by two broadcasters (FX and [[ChannelFive FiveUSA]]); the later seasons will now be shown on Netflix.
* The ''Series/{{Angel}}: After The Fall''(IDW Publishing) comic book series: After having crossed over with the ''Buffy'' (Creator/DarkHorseComics) comics, Angel's story is now being continued in Dark Horse's spinoff of ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Season 9'', ''Angel and Faith''.
* In the UK, both ''HotInCleveland'' and ''DropDeadDiva'' moved from Creator/{{Sky}} Living to Sony Entertainment Television.
* ''WhiteCollar'' moved from Creator/{{Sky}} Living to Alibi.
* In Canada, ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' moved from Creator/{{Global}} to Creator/{{CTV}}, where it has remained ever since. ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' likewise moved from [=Citytv=] to the now-defunct CH/E! network to Global.
* In Britain ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' began on Creator/ChannelFour terrestrially and SkyOne on cable/satellite; ''both'' channels ended up dropping it and it moved to ComedyCentral (in the days when it was still called Paramount Comedy).
* ''HomeAndAway'' in New Zealand has channel-hopped ''four times''. It first premiered on [=TV3=] when the channel launched in November 1989. It moved to TVNZ in 1993, initially on TV One then on [=TV2=]. In 2002, it moved back to TV3, and then in 2013, it moved back to TVNZ's [=TV2=]!
* ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' had a rare deal where is aired both on the Sci-Fi Channel and in syndication ''the same week'' which persisted for both seasons it aired. Unfortunately when SFC pulled out, syndication alone wasn't enough to keep the show going.
* In the UK and Ireland, ''Pokemon'' was initially aired on SKYONE up to around the Johto era, before their version of Cartoon Network picked up new episodes of the show. Since then, reruns, new episodes and the movies can be found on the CITV channel as well as DisneyXD.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' was first shown in Britain on CartoonNetwork, but only the first season - presumably because it didn't quite fit in among its lineup; the series moved to Tiny Pop (and its sister channels Pop and [=PopGirl=]) in 2013.
* From season five ''Series/TheMiddle'' changed its UK home from Sky to ComedyCentral.
* Given that ''Series/{{Scandal}}'' hasn't gone down as well with [[ChannelFour More4]] viewers as its stablemates ''Series/TheGoodWife'' and ''Series/{{Nashville}}'', as of season three Olivia Pope is moving to [=SkyLiving=].
* ''Series/BigBrother'' (UK) went from ChannelFour (who felt the series had been taken as far as it could) to ChannelFive (who arguably proved them right).
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* ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' not only switched from network to syndication, it also changed producers. It was originally produced in-house by NBC, but the network had to license the rights to Columbia Pictures Television. Under Federal Communications Commission rules at the time, a network could not be involved in a syndicated show. Funny to think now considering that all five networks are owned by conglomerates that have their own TV syndication units.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' ''nearly'' went towards this: In 1991 Touchstone Television decided against making any more episodes for financial reasons. Warner Bros. Television said they'd step into the breach, but that plan fell apart when Beatrice Arthur announced she was quitting. Touchstone would make a pseudo-spinoff, ''The Golden Palace'', which aired on CBS for one year (making it a pseudo-Channel Hop, as ''The Golden Girls'' aired on NBC).
* On the other hand, when Cannon Television ran into financial problems of their own after the first few episodes of ''WalkerTexasRanger'', Creator/{{CBS}} (with some help from Columbia Pictures Television) agreed to foot the bill thereafter.
* Similarly, the NBC episodes of ''{{Baywatch}}'' were produced by GTG Entertainment -- making for a strange-but-true link between this series and ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', as MTM's ex Grant Tinker was the "GT"[[note]]Gannett Newspapers supplied the second "G"[[/note]] -- while the syndicated ones hailed from Tower 12 Productions/The Baywatch Production Company (and due to financial involvement from Britain's London Weekend Television thanks to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Brits and Germans loving David Hasselhoff]], the end credits carried the card "A Baywatch Production Company Production for LWT").
* The pilot for ''The Highwayman'' was made by Glen A. Larson's company at Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, but the series was produced on a lower budget by Larson's New West Entertainment.
* When ''TheManFromUNCLE'''s reunion movie ''The Return Of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair'' got the go-ahead in 1983, it wasn't made by MetroGoldwynMayer (home of the original series); writer-producer Michael Sloan convinced MGM to lease the property to his company and Viacom Productions.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' moved from [[Creator/DiCEntertainment DiC]] to Creator/HannaBarbera, starting with its fourth season, following Ted Turner's purchase of Hanna-Barbera.
* ''WesternAnimation/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventures'', on the other hand, went in the opposite direction -- the Creator/{{CBS}} episodes (which had Creator/KeanuReeves, Alex Winter, Creator/GeorgeCarlin and Bernie Casey voicing the characters they played in the movie) were made by Hanna-Barbera in association with Orion, while when it moved to Fox (making this a channel hop AND a company hop) DiC took over production with the voices of the actors starring in a live-action adaptation of the movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' was produced by the company it was on at the time: Nickelodeon Animation when on Nick, Walt Disney Television Animation when on ABC. Jumbo Pictures was there for all episodes, but was bought by Disney in 1996, precipitating the Channel Hop.
* The 1980s ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' series stared out being animated by Creator/RubySpears (a sister studio to Hanna-Barbera) for its first five seasons, before animation was switched over to DiC for the final three seasons, with 11 episodes in season six done by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, the same company behind [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the first TMNT series]].
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* A huge example: every Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer film made before 1986 is now owned by Creator/WarnerBros because Turner purchased MGM in 1985 and sold it back, while keeping its film library. WB's purchase of Turner resulted in the films ending up there, where they remain today.
* Creator/GeorgeRomero's ''Living Dead'' films, in part due to his unwillingness to trim gore and violence from them. Latent Image, Laurel, Universal, Columbia, etc. However, the first such hop can be explained by the first film's public domain status: Romero blamed it on a copyright screw-up by the production company/distributor when the title was changed from ''Night of the Flesh Eaters'' and vowed never again to work with the guilty parties.
* ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' started out being released by Walt Disney Pictures; Walden (the actual film company responsible for the films) has since jumped ship and the next installments will be under 20th Century Fox (though since Walden lost the rights, it could even change the production company).
* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' from Creator/RevolutionStudios to [[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Pictures]][=/=]Creator/RelativityMedia.
** Universal did it again, taking ''Film/KickAss'' from Creator/{{Lionsgate}}.
*** Bit of a subversion here, as Universal distributed the film in other territories (for example, the UK and Australia).
* [[DevelopmentHell Chronic]] with the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films. Every. single. movie. Actual distribution is even worse (first one: Orion theatrically, currently MGM; second: TriStarPictures theatrically and some video releases -- others involved with home distribution include Lionsgate, Artisan and Universal; third/fourth: Warner domestically, Sony overseas).
** To elaborate why: The first was made by Hemdale Film Corporation, who ended up going under[[note]]their library passed into the hands of Consortium dé Realisation, a French state entity that existed to bail out the Crédit Lyonnais bank, then this library was sold to PolyGramFilmedEntertainment, then most of the [=PolyGram=] library was sold to MGM[[/note]], and the rights were eventually bought by Mario Kassar, who ran Carolco Pictures, which later went bankrupt (destroying chances of Creator/JamesCameron's ''Terminator 3'' and ''Film/{{Spider-Man}}'') and had their film library bought by StudioCanal[[note]]Universal owns 50%, and release T2 on video overseas[[/note]], who [[RunningGag sold the rights]] to C2 Pictures (also ran by Kassar and his partner Andrew G. Vajna) and Intermedia, and the possibility of any more Terminator sequels became the subject of a legal deadlock (thanks to a feud between Kassar and Vajna), eventually culminating in the rights going to The Halcyon Company. [[OverusedRunningGag Who sold the rights]] [[CreatorKiller after going bankrupt]].
*** Interestingly, Hemdale was the only production company among them to hang around long enough to see the sequel to its movie premiere in theatres; in fact, Hemdale was still around for a few more years after ''Terminator 2'' (and Bruno Mattei's own unofficial sequel with a similar name, released in the United States under the name ''Shocking Dark'' due to trademark issues) was released.
** Hannover House, a company formed by a former Hemdale employee, even tried to make a new animated movie, but was blocked to do so by Pacificor, the hedge fund who purchased the rights from Halcyon (because they helped them purchase said rights in the first place).
** In 2012, Pacificor sold the rights to Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. Her brother David joined afterwards, and given his Skydance Productions [[http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/terminator-distribution-rights-poised-head-paramount-exclusive-96781 have a deal with Paramount, they got a distributor]] ''if'' the movie gets done.
* ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' from Carolco Pictures to Creator/{{Lionsgate}}[=/=]Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany. Amusingly, Lionsgate owns the home video rights to the first three films in the series.
* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' from Creator/{{Paramount}} to New Line after the first 8 films. This allowed them to CrossOver [[Film/FreddyVsJason with]] [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet their franchise]].
** Then Warner (New Line's parent company) sold the rights back to Paramount so both can produce Creator/ChristopherNolan's next movie. Platinum Dunes, responsible for the [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 2009 remake]], is attached to a possible new movie under Paramount.
** Creator/WarnerBros also got the sub-license to the first 8 films to do an entire franchise Blu-ray set.
* The ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' franchise went from Compass International for [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} the first film]] to Universal Pictures for the [[Film/HalloweenII1981 second]] and [[Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch third]] films, to Galaxy International for the [[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers fourth]] and [[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers fifth]] films, and finally to Dimension for the [[Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers sixth]], [[Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater seventh]], and [[Film/HalloweenResurrection eighth]] films (working with Miramax for the eighth). The two Rob Zombie films were both Dimension under The Weinstein Company (working with MGM on the first and Sony on the second).
** The home video distributors were, for a while, Anchor Bay for films 1, 4-5, [[note]]Film 1 was also originally distributed on VHS by Media Home Entertainment, and films 4 and 5 by CBS/Fox Video.[[/note]]Universal Home Video and Shout! Factory (under their Scream Factory label) for films 2 and 3, and Dimension/Echo Bridge for films 6-8 (until Echo Bridge's license to the old Miramax catalog titles expired). In addition, Genius Entertainment has the first Rob Zombie film and Sony has the second.
** However in 2014, Anchoy Bay teamed up with Shout! Factory/Scream Factory to release a complete franchise Blu-ray boxset. It's unknown exactly how that was possible, but it's assumed that Anchor Bay was able to get a hold of the Rob Zombie films easily since they're the company Weinstein/Dimension ''currently'' use for home video, and they licensed 6-8 after Echo Bridge's license expired.
* The Film/{{Scream}} films have always been Dimension Films, but because Dimension switched from being under Miramax (Buena Vista/Disney) to The Weinstein Company, the fourth film averted this. The first 3 films are currently owned by Filmyard Holdings (an investment consortium that bought Miramax in 2010 and licenses the US home video rights to Lionsgate), and the 4th by The Weinstein Company (with DVD/Blu-ray by Anchor Bay).
** The same goes for the Sky Kids and Scary Movie franchises as the first three films of their respective series were also distributed by Miramax under the Dimension Films label and their subsequent films were released by The Weinstein Company under the Dimension Films label.
** Speaking of The Weinstein Company, it's home video division had several distributors through the years (Genius Products from 2006 to 2009, Vendivi Entertainment from 2009 to 2010 and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment from 2010 to 2011). It's currently distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment (2011-present) as TWC bought a share of Starz Media, which is Anchor Bay's parent company.
* Walter Lantz, who made ''WoodyWoodpecker'', jumped ship from {{Universal}} Pictures to Creator/UnitedArtists in 1947. Lantz then briefly shut down his studio in 1949. The studio reopened in 1951 and went back to Universal as his distributor.
* ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' from New World to Dimension.
* ''Film/DeathWish'' from Creator/{{Paramount}} to Filmways to Cannon to Trimark. To go even further, {{MGM}} holds the remake rights and ColumbiaPictures held foreign rights to the first two films.
* As Creator/MarvelComics opened a studio, they are starting to get back the rights to their characters (leading Fox and Columbia to try to keep the ones they own -- X-Men/Fantastic Four for the former[[note]]they tried the same with Daredevil, but eventually the rights lapsed[[/note]], Spider-Man/Ghost Rider for the latter). So far they got Punisher (got a new movie in 2008), Hulk (included in ''Film/TheAvengers'') and {{Blade}}.
** As Marvel Studios' deal with Paramount ended and Disney bought Marvel Comics, the MarvelCinematicUniverse (of which only ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' was shipped by another studio, Universal) is now distributed by Walt Disney Pictures (though ExecutiveMeddling pasted Paramount's logo into the first Disney-handled pic, ''Film/TheAvengers'', even on the home video release, and ''Film/IronMan3'').
*** And now, effective September 2013, Disney has the rights to the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe save for ''The Incredible Hulk''.
* The first ''Film/ChildsPlay'' movie was made by Creator/UnitedArtists, who supposedly dropped it on "moral grounds." The other four movies have been produced by Universal or by Universal-owned companies (and indeed Universal is planning to remake the ''original'').
** Amazingly enough, Creator/UnitedArtists picked up the third ''Film/{{House}}'' film, ''Film/TheHorrorShow'', from New World and released it not long after ''Child's Play''. New Line ended up releasing [[Film/HouseIV the fourth one]].
* This can happen to singular movies as well. When Miramax was sold by Disney, their unreleased movies ended up going to different distributors. ''WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet'' and ''Theatre/TheTempest'' stayed with Disney and were released by Touchstone, ''Film/DontBeAfraidOfTheDark'' went to Film District (releasing through Creator/TristarPictures domestically), ''Film/LastNight'' went to Tribeca (and returned to Miramax through Platinum Disc/Echo Bridge for DVD) and ''Film/TheDebt'' went to Creator/{{Universal}}'s Focus division. An older Miramax release, ''PrincessMononoke'', briefly went to Lionsgate along with most of the catalog, but Disney renegotiated the rights and re-released the film on DVD themselves in 2012.
* ''Film/FrightNight'' was backed by Creator/ColumbiaPictures and a production of Vista Films; for [[FrightNightPart2 the sequel]] was done by Vista and distributed by Columbia's sister studio Tristar internationally -- and [[Film/FrightNight2011 the remake]] came from Creator/{{Dreamworks}} and was distributed by [[Creator/{{Disney}} Touchstone Pictures]].
* ''ArlingtonRoad'' was to have been originally released by Creator/PolygramFilmedEntertainment but after a delay (due to UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}}) and Polygram merging with October Films (to become USA Films and later Focus Features), the film was sold to ScreenGems.
* ''MulhollandDrive'' was originally shot for the Creator/{{ABC}} network and financed by [[Creator/{{Disney}} Touchstone Pictures]]. After ABC passed on it, director DavidLynch decided to rework it and got production company Studio Canal to buy the film and finance the shooting of new footage. Creator/{{Universal}} ended up releasing the film as part of their relationship with Studio Canal.
* The ''{{Emmanuelle}}'' films released theatrically went from Columbia to Paramount to Miramax to Cannon. Four films, four distributors.
* The ''[[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppets]]'' films have gone from ITC/Associated Film Distribution with the first film to ITC/Universal Pictures with the second to [=TriStar=] Pictures ([[ItMakesSenseInContext you can blame the lawsuit over]] Radio/TheLoneRanger's [[CreatorKiller mask for that one]]) with the third to Walt Disney Pictures with the fourth and fifth to [=TriStar=]'s sister studio Columbia with the sixth and back to Disney from the seventh onward.
** Other JimHenson works have hopped too. ''TheDarkCrystal'' was a ITC/Universal Pictures release that originally was released by Thorn EMI Video in TheEighties, then Walt Disney Home Video in TheNineties. At the end of that decade, Columbia/[=TriStar=] Home Entertainment picked it up. ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' was originally released by TriStarPictures but the initial video release was through Embassy (later Nelson) Home Entertainment; again, Columbia/[=TriStar=] (re)claimed it at the end of TheNineties.
* The Creator/StudioGhibli films have a history of this in the US. Disney and Buena Vista has distributed most of them since 1997, but there have been a few exceptions:
** If you count it, ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' (Miyazaki's first directoral film) was originally distributed in the US by Streamline before their rights expired and Manga Entertainment picked up the rights and redubbed the film with Creator/DavidHayter as Lupin. Their rights later expired, and the film was rescued for a DVD/Blu-ray re-release from Discotek Media with both dubs.
** The original US release of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' in 1985 was under New World Pictures with video distribution from Veston Video and later First Independent Video featuring a heavily edited dub that Miyazaki despised so much, he put forth a no editing clause into his future contracts. Disney would later acquire the film and redub it for their releases beginning in 2005.
** Creator/StreamlinePictures dubbed and/or distributed ''Anime/LaputaCastleInTheSky'', ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'', ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' (with a home video release from Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox) and ''Anime/PorcoRosso'' in the late 80s/early 90s before Disney picked up the rights and redubbed/re-released them all.
** Because ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' had a different licensor in Japan, it wasn't included in Disney's deal. Creator/CentralParkMedia distributed it on video and DVD before the company went under and Creator/ADVFilms rescued it. When ''they'' went under, Creator/SentaiFilmworks picked up the rights and produced an all-new dub for their Blu-ray release.
** ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' was distributed by Miramax because of it's intense content. When they went under, the rights soon reverted back to Disney; see the Miramax example on this page for more.
** In 2011, GKIDS picked up the theatrical rights to the Studio Ghibli catalog from Disney, who still retains home video rights, with the exception of ''Anime/FromUpOnPoppyHill'', whose home video rights also went to GKIDS (who released the film to DVD and Blu-ray under Cinedigm's distribution). GKIDS also have ''TheTaleOfPrincessKaguya'' and will release the film in a similar fashion.
** ''Anime/TheWindRises'' is being distributed theatrically and on video by Disney's Touchstone Pictures label.
** This trope is averted in the UK and Australia where the entire Ghibli catalog is handled by Studio Canal and Madman Entertainment respectively.
* The Anime/{{Pokemon}} films are owned by different distributors in the US. The first 3 films were (and still are) distributed by Warner Bros. Films 4-7 were distributed by Miramax and Buena Vista (and now by Echo Bridge Home Ent.). Films 8 onward have been with Viz Media (who has the home video rights to the anime, ironically with distribution from Warner Home Video), with the strange exception of the 11th film, which went to Universal. Also, Cinedigm distributed the 14th film in theaters in the US (the "White" version), a change from Warner and Miramax of the first 5 films (films 6-13 were direct-to-video or TV).
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' has gone from Streamline Pictures to Orion Films to MGM to Pioneer to Bandai Visual to Bandai Entertainment to Creator/FUNimation.
* The Miley Cyrus film ''So Undercover'' was financed by The Weinstein Company but was sold to Creator/OpenRoadFilms (a joint venture of the AMC and Regal theatre chains) for its theatrical release. Then the North American theatrical run got canceled and Millennium Films ended up distributing the film for home video (the failure of ''LOL'' at the box office [[StarDerailingRole obviously didn't help matters]]).
* ''Film/{{Haywire}}'' was to have initially been released by Creator/{{Lionsgate}} but the film's producers (RelativityMedia) backed out of their deal with them and chose to distribute themselves. The film went back to Lionsgate for its DVD and Blu Ray releases.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' notwithstanding (as this one was handled by Creator/WarnerBros), the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise has officially moved from 20th Century Fox to Walt Disney Pictures after the latter's purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd. However, under the terms of the deal, Fox will retain ''Film/ANewHope'' in perpetuity.
* The home video distribution of the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' TV specials moved from Media Home Entertainment and its children's sublabel Hi-Tops Video (or otherwise Kartes Video Communications in a few cases) to Paramount in 1994, then to Warner Bros. in 2008, primarily due to longtime specials producer Bill Melendez being a former ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' animator. Incidentially, many of the ''Peanuts'' specials (often released individually) that Hi-Tops Video had released in the late 1980s were already released earlier in the decade by Media Home Entertainment in either double or triple features.
* Most films that Media Home Entertainment had originally released on home video saw their rights transfer as well to other distributors, principally Anchor Bay, but the assets of the company when it folded in 1993 following the conviction of Gerald Ronson, CEO of parent company Heron Communications, were sold to Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, which co-distributed some of the very last releases by Media Home Entertainment. For example, Media originally released the first VHS releases of the first five ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Nightmare on Elm Street]]'' films. After Media Home Entertainment ceased to exist, New Line, which originally theatrically distributed the five films became the rights holder for their home video releases, eventually being transferred to corporate parent Warner Bros.
* ''LittleMonsters'' and ''Blue Steel'' were financed by Vestron Pictures but ended up being distributed by [[Creator/{{MGM}} MGM/UA]] due to Vestron's financial issues.
* ''Theatre/MyFairLady'' transferred from Creator/WarnerBros to Creator/{{CBS}} during the 1970s, since CBS sponsored the Broadway musical that the movie was based on. Since then, the film has been released by [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM/CBS Home Video]], [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox CBS/Fox Video]], [[Creator/WarnerBros Warner Home Video]], and [[Creator/{{Paramount}} Paramount Home Entertainment]] at various times, mainly due to joint ventures and output deals made by CBS.
* Dreamworks went from Universal to Paramount, and now the live-action films are with Disney and DreamWorksAnimation with 20th Century Fox.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' was originally released through Paramount, but the rights to re-release the movie transferred to Universal (on whose lot Hitchcock filmed ''Psycho'') eight years later. Universal eventually gained the rights to four more movies Hitchcock directed for Paramount: ''Film/RearWindow'', ''Film/TheTroubleWithHarry'', ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'', and ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''.
** Rights to Hitchcock's adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Rope}}'' transferred from Warner Bros., to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, to United Artists, and finally to Universal.
* Two victims of TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment after MGM's bankrupcy: ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' (rescued by Lionsgate) and ''Film/RedDawn2012'' (minor studio Film District).
** The bankrupcy lead to a variant: Spyglass Entertainment, who purchased MGM, had co-produced ''GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', but decided to plaster Leo the Lion in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' instead of their own logo.
* ''The Seventh Son'' started out as a Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/{{Legendary Pictures}} feature, but when Legendary announced that they were breaking up with WB, the latter decided to cancel its planned January 2014 release date and ditch the film entirely. Distribution rights will now be held by Legendary's new partner, Creator/{{Universal}}.
** Universal also got the rights to distribute the upcoming ''Film/PacificRim'' sequel from Warner Bros. under the new deal.
* The Creator/WaltDisney-produced OswaldTheLuckyRabbit films were sold from Universal to [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]] in a deal that sent Al Michaels to NBC's ''Sunday Night Football'' from Creator/{{ESPN}}.
* In a case of films switching from one brand to another within the same parent company, Creator/TouchstonePictures release ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' received the Creator/{{Disney}} logo for its 3D re-release.
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' was distributed by Creator/{{Paramount}} during its theatrical premiere. After it flopped, they decided not to renew distribution rights. Creator/WarnerBros then added the movie to their library, where it belongs to this day.
* ''[[Main/{{TheLittleRascals}} The Little Rascals]]'' franchise went from Hal Roach Studios to MGM in 1938. The latter studio distributed the series on behalf of the former for a decade before taking over. The 1990s movie was co-produced by Universal and the company that now owns the franchise, then known as King World, now CBS.
* After losing OswaldTheLuckyRabbit to Universal, Disney turned to Celebrity Productions to distribute his new MickeyMouse cartoons. He released the SillySymphonies through Columbia Pictures in 1929, and they took over distribution of the Mickey series in 1930. Disney then turned to United Artists from 1932 to 1937, after which RKO Radio Pictures released Disney's shorts and features until 1953, when Disney formed their own distribution company.
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[[folder: Rare TV-To-Film Examples]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television (oh, all right, ''and'' Creator/MutantEnemy) but the big-screen film version, ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', was made by Universal.
* Orion -- owners of Filmways, which made ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' -- was having financial issues and elected to sell domestic rights to Paramount for [[Film/TheAddamsFamily the first film]] in order to cover some debt (they had a deal with Columbia for overseas distribution). After they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Paramount picked up the sequel rights from Orion. And things don't stop there: Fox got the rights in the late nineties and did a sitcom out of them (with Warner Bros. distributing on home video the pilot, ''Addams Family Reunion''), and now Universal is [[http://www.deadline.com/2010/03/tim-burton-next-3d-animated-film-da-da-da-snap-snap-the-addams-family/ planning an animated flick with]] Creator/TimBurton.
* The film of ''LostInSpace'' was made by New Line, though the series itself was from Fox.
* Although ''Series/TheFugitive'' was a Quinn Martin Production in association with Creator/UnitedArtists Television, and the series itself is owned today (like almost the entire QM back catalogue) by Creator/{{CBS}} and Creator/{{Paramount}}, [[Film/TheFugitive the film]] is owned by Creator/WarnerBros. (This came about due to QM Productions's sale to Taft Broadcasting; Taft executive Keith Barish eventually left the company and took the rights to ''The Fugitive'' with him, so when former QM employee and latter-day producer Arnold Kopelson wanted to do a film based on the series with regular partners Warner Bros., a deal was seen to be made.)
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was originally produced by Creator/DesiluStudios and aired on Creator/{{NBC}}. Desilu Studios was bought out by Creator/{{Paramount}} during the show's run, and with the CBS-Viacom split, Paramount's television division stayed on Creator/{{CBS}}'s side. None of the spin-offs (other than ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'') aired on NBC or an NBC-affiliated network. So after NBC canceled the series, it became a CashCowFranchise and not only has NBC not seen a dime of it, the money all goes to the people who own their rival. Call it LaserGuidedKarma if you want. (Ironically, CBS originally passed on ''Star Trek'' in favor of ''Series/LostInSpace''.)
* ''Series/TheATeam'' was produced by Creator/{{Universal}} and [[Creator/StephenJCannell Stephen J. Cannell Productions]] (Universal owns the series now), but [[Film/TheATeam the film]] was released by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox due to Universal putting the film in turnaround several years before it finally got produced.
* ''Series/DarkShadows'' aired on Creator/{{ABC}}, but [[Film/DarkShadows the film]] was released by Creator/WarnerBros, who purchased the rights directly from series creator Dan Curtis' estate.
* ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour'' was originally a Made-for-TV movie before it was rereleased in theaters in 1974 and again in 2012.
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[[folder: Comic Book Examples]]
* BlueBeetle, CaptainAtom, Judomaster, Nightshade, and TheQuestion all started off at CharltonComics, but were bought out by Creator/DCComics and brought into the official DCUniverse during ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt was also briefly published by DC, but is currently published by Dynamite Entertainment (as the rights to the character returned to the estate of his deceased creator).
* ComicBook/{{Shazam}} (formerly [[IAmNotShazam Captain Marvel]]) and the Marvel Family were originally owned by FawcettComics, but ended up being bought out by DC after a massive lawsuit. They (as well Fawcett's other heroes) are currently part of the DCU.
* ComicBook/PlasticMan and Comicbook/{{Blackhawk}} were originally owned by Quality Comics, but like the above examples, were bought out by DC and integrated into their universe. A number of other Quality properties like the Ray, Phantom Lady, Black Condor, and Uncle Sam were later published together as the ''Comicbook/FreedomFighters''.
* The MilestoneComics heroes (the most famous among them being Comicbook/{{Static}}) were originally part of a creator-owned imprint published by DC, but separate from the DCUniverse. They're currently licensed by DC and part of the DCU proper.
* Franchise/ArchieComics had a line of superheroes in the GoldenAge, collectively known as the Red Circle. DC briefly licensed the rights from Archie and integrated them into the DCU, but poor sales resulted in the rights going back to Archie. Archie now publishes the Red Circle heroes once again, treating their DC adventures as CanonDiscontinuity in the process.
* Comicbook/{{Miracleman}} ([[IHaveManyNames formerly Marvelman]]) is a famously complicated example. He started off in the 50's at L. Miller & Son before being revived by Quality Communications in the 80's. He was then licensed out to Eclipse Comics, before ''that'' publisher folded (as had Quality), and floated around in limbo for years. Todd [=McFarlane=] tried to bring the character into the Creator/ImageComics universe, but legal issues prevented this from happening. Creator/MarvelComics supposedly has the rights as of now, and have reprinted some of Miracleman's original 50's stories, but it is unclear whether or not they have rights to the Quality and Eclipse material (which featured legendary work from Creator/AlanMoore and Creator/NeilGaiman).
** Marvel has started reprinting the Alan Moore stories, although the writer is now credited to "The Original Writer".
* Creator/RobLiefeld's ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' originated at Creator/ImageComics, but Liefeld eventually left the studio and brought them over to his own publishing house, Awesome Comics (where they were {{ReTool}}ed by Creator/AlanMoore). After Awesome folded, the characters (and Liefeld) returned to Image.
** Same goes for Glory, Liefeld's CaptainErsatz of WonderWoman.
* Mantis is a truly bizarre example. She originated at MarvelComics as a member of Comicbook/TheAvengers, but after being written out of the series, was briefly published by DC Comics under the name "Willow", and later by Eclipse Comics under the name "Lorelei". She finally returned to the MarvelUniverse a few years later, and is currently part of the ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' franchise.
* ''Comicbook/TheNewYorkFour'' started off as part of DCComics' Minx Line, but the sequel, ''The New York Five'', was published by VertigoComics.
* PeterDavid's ''Comicbook/FallenAngel'' started off at DC (in fact, the heroine, Lee, was heavily implied to be [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Linda Danvers]] under an assumed name), but was later picked up by Creator/IDWPublishing.
* The characters of Creator/{{Wildstorm}} (publisher of ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'', ''Comicbook/{{Stormwatch}}'', ''{{Gen 13}}'', and ''Comicbook/WildCATS'') started off as a sub-studio at Image, before being bought by DC Comics. The characters existed on their own until the events of ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' and the {{New 52}}, where they were brought over into the rebooted DC canon.
* Creator/NeilGaiman's Angela was originally created for the ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'' series at ImageComics. After a massive legal battle that spanned ''years'', Gaiman regained creative control of the character, and brought her over to MarvelComics. She entered the MarvelUniverse at the close of the ''Comicbook/AgeOfUltron'' CrisisCrossover.
* It is very common for comics based on an external license to change publishers, with the new publishers often reprinting the material commissioned from a previous publisher.
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[[folder: Music Examples]]
* It's quite common for artists to start on lower labels but then sign to a bigger one -- [[ItsPopularNowItSucks commonly]], to the cries of "SellOut" by the FanDumb.
* And in recent years, there is the opposite: artists leave the major labels after [[MusicIsPolitics being fed up with their policies]], and start releasing independently. The breakout example of this practice was {{Radiohead}} in 2007.
* Music/MichaelJackson released his first solo albums on Motown, the same label to which TheJackson5 were signed. For his fifth, ''Off The Wall'', he went for Epic Records instead. The rest is history (to the point that [[SequelDisplacement some think that was his solo debut]]).
* Music/{{Aerosmith}} started their career on Columbia. As their career started to dwindle on the early 80s, the label dropped them, so when they started PuttingTheBandBackTogether, they signed with Geffen. The CareerResurrection that followed was enough for Columbia to sign them back in 1996.
* The RedHotChiliPeppers were first signed to EMI, but it was mostly fruitless -- only their last album there, ''Mother's Milk'', caused impact. So afterwards came a bidding war, a deal with Warner Records and ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'', and they became superstars.
* VanHalen were signed to Warner Records for all their career, but for their comeback album ''A Different Kind of Truth'' in 2012, they signed with Interscope instead.
* When DaveGrohl decided to form the Music/FooFighters and release his [[IAmTheBand playing all instruments]] record as the SelfTitledAlbum, he signed to Capitol as he knew their president from his {{Nirvana}} days. So when said executive left after the Foos did their second album in 97, Grohl left Capitol, and only signed to RCA when the home-made third album was done.
* The musical projects of Music/TrentReznor are an interesting case. After he left major label Interscope in 2007, he set up his own independent label, The Null Corporation, to release new material (such as ''Ghosts I-IV'', ''The Slip'' and his and Atticus Ross' Oscar-winning soundtrack to ''Film/TheSocialNetwork''). This label goes through RED Distribution, a distribution channel owned by Sony Music. After the success of Null's releases, Reznor's musical project Music/HowToDestroyAngels would end up signing with Sony subsidiary Columbia, and he would do the same with Music/NineInchNails for its comeback album.
* Music/DepecheMode signed to Mute Records in 1980, and got a US deal with Creator/SireRecords shortly after. When Mute was bought by EMI in 2002, the band's US deal remained in place until 2009, when they moved to Virgin and Capitol (two other EMI subsidiaries) to release ''Sounds of the Universe.'' In 2012, however, they left EMI altogether for Creator/ColumbiaRecords, but the logo for Mute still appears on their debut Columbia album ''Delta Machine''.
* ''Music/{{Queen}}: Greatest Flix'' underwent this before release due to the controversial Warner Home Video Rental Drive of '81, being released by Picture Music International through Thorn EMI Video (whose parent company, EMI, distributed their records in the UK), instead of by WEA (who distributed them in the USA) as was originally planned.
** For the record, the rights to Queen's music itself are another example of this. In the UK, Queen originally released their music through Parlophone and EMI, but they kept their masters and signed a more lucrative deal with Island Records in 2011. Thus, when Universal merged with EMI and had to divest Parlophone to Warner, their music stayed with Island. In the US and Canada, Queen signed to Elektra and WEA and released their music under those labels until 1984's ''The Works'', when they moved to Capitol (an EMI subsidiary), in part because of the above fiasco. That deal would go on until 1991, when the band signed a new deal with Disney's Hollywood Records (which just so happened to be distributed by Elektra until 1995, when Polygram, and later Universal, took over), taking their back catalog with them. Now, Universal distributes Queen's music worldwide.
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[[folder: Online Examples]]
* Many of the contributors of ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'', including [[Creator/DougWalker That Guy himself]], started out on Website/YouTube. In That Guy's case, he was driven to create the site because Website/YouTube started removing his videos due to copyright issues.
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' started out (very briefly) as a series of Website/YouTube reviews before getting picked up as a proper series by the online "magazine" ''The Escapist''.
* Likewise ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'', which then hopped ''again'' when ''The Escapist'' cut out the funding for the series, moving back to Website/YouTube briefly before ending up on ''PennyArcade's'' PATV.
* Discussed in the ScriptFic ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
-->'''Jack:''' Faster than the speed of light, eh? [[MediumAwareness When did this show move to the]] SciFiChannel?[[labelnote:*]]It should be noted that the "show" is on {{Nickelodeon}}.[[/labelnote]]
* Some video reviewers changed their video providers a lot: YouTube, Revver, BlipTv, Springboard...
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[[folder:Pinball Examples]]
* ''Terminator 2: Judgement Day'' was released by Creator/WilliamsElectronics. The same team returned for ''Pinball/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', released by Creator/SternPinball, due to Williams leaving the industry several years earlier.
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[[folder: Radio Examples]]
* In the late 1940s, Creator/{{CBS}} head William S. Paley conducted a famous "talent raid" of rival Creator/{{NBC}}, snatching away such popular shows as ''TheJackBennyProgram'', ''Amos 'n' Andy'', ''The Burns and Allen Show'', ''The Edgar Bergen and Charlie [=McCarthy=] Show'', and ''The Red Skelton Show''. The move led to CBS becoming the ratings leader in 1949, establishing a position of dominance that the network would enjoy into the television era and wouldn't relinquish until the late '70s.
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[[folder:Video Game Examples]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' began as a Creator/{{Sega}} franchise, but as of the upcoming sequel, Nintendo now owns the publishing rights. Sega still owns the franchise, but Nintendo is publishing all further games in the series.
* Rareware and Silicon Knights used to be Nintendo-owned companies, until they sold their souls to Microsoft.
* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' and ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' jumped from Sony Computer Entertainment to Vivendi Universal, who later merged with Sierra. The rights then went to Activision after the fall of Sierra.
* Creator/ValveSoftware's (retail) games used to be distributed by Sierra, until the release of The Orange Box, in which they are now distributed by EA Games. Valve handles their own digital distribution, though.
* ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'' began as a Creator/{{Sierra}} franchise, until it was sold to Codemasters (who picked up and released ''Box Office Bust'') after Sierra's fall. The other Sierra franchises are retained by Activision.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' went from Westwood Studios to [=EA=] Games, and some were not to happy about it.
* The ''{{VideoGame/WWE}}'' game franchise went from [=THQ=] to 2K Sports following [=THQ=]'s bankruptcy.
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